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Jan 31, 2022
Reinforcement on Weathermax 80 boat cover material
by: Tammy

When reinforcing any cover I slide scrap of the same fabric I am sewing with under the pattern, in this case Weathermax 80. Then I trace the edge of my boat cover onto the scrap fabric. I cut that scrap fabric facing at approximately 2.5 inches wide.

I like my cover to look the same on the inside as it does on the outside.

After sewing down my facing and before I finish the edge with binding, I slip in some strips of vinyl laminate such as tuff stuff. It’s hidden but it gives the added strength needed to keep the snaps from pulling through the fabric.

You have to be careful about using webbing as a facing.
They will shrink or disintegrate over time and leave your hem puckered or dry rot debris all over your boat.
Dacron tape is sometimes used, but I’m not a fan of all the tucks.

It’s worth taking the time to make beautiful well shaped facings for the inside edge of your cover. They look great and will perform well for years to come.

Last tip on the vinyl being slipped between the facing.
If these strips of vinyl are free floating in the hem, you won’t get an ugly pucker as the two unnlike fabrics shrink at different rates. Your weathermax is more stable than the vinyl laminate, so you won’t see unsightly puckers in the hem over time.

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